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MSBA Family Law Section
Annual Report
2017-18 


Section Membership
As of June 21, 2018, the Section has 945 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $53,970.36 as of April 30, 2018.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 12 events in fiscal year 2017-18. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Would You Want the Judge to Read That?

09/09/17

245689

1.0 Standard

53

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

10/14/17

248116

1.0 Elimination of Bias

42

How to Best Advise and Serve Your Military or Veteran Client

11/11/17

249290

1.0 Standard

42

Transforming Your Family Law Practice through Technology

12/06/17

249469

3.75 Standard

53

Immigration Implications in the Family Law Context – Forms of Relief Available to Clients who have Experienced Abuse

12/09/17

250288

1.0 Standard

44

Are You Safe? Technology and Client Safety Training for Attorneys

01/11/18

250913

2.0 Standard

73

Family Law Section Social

01/19/18

-

-

18

The Role of the Neutral Child Specialist in Family Law – Don’t They Only Do Collaborative Work?

01/20/18

251540

1.0 Standard

40

From Minor to Adult – The Impact of Court Orders on Children with Special Needs

02/10/18

253162

1.0 Standard

49

Tips for Being an Effective Attorney in SENE

03/10/18

254298

1.0 Standard

53

Farm Divorce Basics

04/21/18

255440

1.0 Standard

39

New Tax Law and Its Implications to Family Law Practitioners

05/12/18

257428

1.0 Standard

44

 
Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 12, 2018 and 44 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2017 to 2018:

Mary Lauhead – Amicus Co-Chair
Michael Dittberner – Amicus Co-Chair
Rana Alexander – Domestic Abuse Chair
Tami Peterson – Outstate Representative
Amy Sauter – Outstate Representative
Margaret Erickson – Outstate Representative
Victoria Taylor – Legislative Co-Chair
Shawn Reinke – Legislative Co-Chair
Pete Radosevich – Publications Co-Chair
Tifanne Wolter – Assembly Representative
Jill Meyer – Assembly Alternate
Katie Knight – New Lawyers Representative

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2017 to 2018:

Chair: W. Bradley Frago
Vice Chair: Tifanne Wolter
Secretary: Shannon Wachter
Treasurer: Ryan Anderson
Past Chair: Sara Runchey

Diversity and Inclusion
We continue to discuss inclusion and welcome suggestions from members and other to improve our diversity.

Meetings are held in an accessible space and with other multiple options for participation, including phone and web access. 

With the meetings being held on Saturdays, outstate engagement is possible and actively encouraged.  We have significant participation of outstate membership as noted in the make-up of the council and governing council members.

Our CLEs continue to be varied and inclusive for new attorneys and longtime practitioners.

Other Section Accomplishments
The Section continues to provide outstanding and important legislative and Amicus work to the Section and the bar as a whole. There were multiple Amicus briefs authored this year.  Committee members continue with publishing and co-presenting CLE events.  The Family Law Institute which the Section is actively engaged in planning saw a marked increase in attendance this year.  

A social event was held to encourage engagement from members of the Bar and new attorneys to the practice to meet other attorneys and see the importance of bar membership.  We continue to work towards engaging new attorneys in the practice of family law and the importance of bar membership to their practice.

Submitted By:
Sara Runchey, Section Chair
Date: June 22, 2018